Through a series of essays that explore the forms, themes, genres, historical contexts, major authors, and latest critical approaches, A Companion to African American Literature presents a comprehensive chronological overview of African American literature from the eighteenth century to the modern day
Examines African American literature from its earliest origins, through the rise of antislavery literature in the decades leading into the Civil War, to the modern development of contemporary African American cultural media, literary aesthetics, and political ideologies
Addresses the latest critical and scholarly approaches to African American literature
Features essays by leading established literary scholars as well as newer voices
Gene Andrew Jarrett is Associate Professor of English and African American studies at Boston University. He is the author of Deans and Truants: Race and Realism in African American Literature (2007), and the editor or co-editor of several volumes and collections, including The Collected Novels of Paul Laurence Dunbar (2009).